What is the Best Carrier Oil for Essential Oils? Our Top 3 Faves

Essential oils can be a magical way to shift your mood, increase your focus, and even beautify your skin.

However, essential oils are too concentrated to apply directly to your skin.

That’s where carrier oils come in.

What is a Carrier Oil?

In the world of aromatherapy, carrier oils are oils with very mild scents that are used to dilute essential oils so that they can be applied to the skin.

Common carrier oils include:

If you want the benefits of applying essential oils topically, you’ll want to know “what is the best carrier oil for essential oils?

What Carrier Oil is Best for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy?

The way we assess whether a carrier oil is best for essential oils is with the following criteria:

  • Appropriate for most skin types
  • Can be applied to the face
  • Glides over skin like massage oil
  • Can be applied to the hair

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1. Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil is an all-natural carrier oil that is completely soluble with all essential oils. Its excellent moisturizing properties can help soothe rashes, irritations, and other skin flare-ups.

It readily absorbs into the skin, making it an ideal oil for topical usage. An excellent carrier oil for GuruNanda® essential oils. It remains liquid at room temperature and is ideal for use in soaps, lotions, ointments, and other cosmetics and skincare products.

Here’s a study where researchers found that coconut oil maintains better skin.

Fractionated vs Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Extra virgin coconut oil’s natural composition makes it solid when in room temperature.

Fractionated Coconut Oil aka “liquid coconut oil” is able to remain in a liquid form so that you can mix it with essential oils seamlessly.

GuruNanda removes the long-chain fatty acids via hydrolysis and steam distillation. As a result, the oil remains liquid at room temperature. This process also extends its shelf life.

It is pretty much the perfect carrier oil because it’s completely soluble with other oils. It’s light, absorbs quickly into the skin, and it doesn’t clog pores.

This special oil also has super-moisturizing capabilities, natural antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E, which help keep skin firm and tight.

2. Sweet Almond Oil

This particular oil is very rich in Vitamin E and it shines as an antioxidant. Due to its high vitamin E content, Sweet Almond Oil an excellent choice for nourishing skin, regenerating new skin cells, and helping the skin retain moisture.

The antioxidant properties are powerful enough to protect against the damaging effects of the sun. It also has high concentrations of oleic and linoleic acids, which can help relieve inflammation and soothe skin that is irritated.

Many people love Sweet Almond Oil because of its non-greasy and hypoallergenic nature. This makes it perfect for massage oils as it can help repair skin damage, smooth facial skin, and even reduce wrinkles.

3. Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil, also referred to as Black Cumin Seed Oil, is extracted from the seeds of Nigella sativa, which is the caraway plant. Its ancient history as a therapeutic oil earned it the catchphrase “the cure for everything but death.”

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Black Seed Oil is made of over 50% linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid, and this is the highest ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 natural fatty acids.

One of the most powerful things about Black Seed Oil is that it can actually restore hair loss. Its high concentration of antioxidant and antibacterial properties help strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. It is also an anti-inflammatory, which makes it able to alleviate dandruff and promote a healthier scalp.

How Do You Mix Essential Oils with Carrier Oils?

There are many different schools of thought in aromatherapy, however, the following guidelines are some of the most well established. 


Try diluting your essential oils down to between 1-3%

For easy measurement, add around 6 drops per every tablespoon of carrier oil. 


Try diluting your essential oils down to between .25-1%

For easy measurement, add just 2-3 drops per every tablespoon of carrier oil. 

Use essential oils on children more sparingly since they tend not to need as much wellness support as adults and are more delicate human beings.

Other Carrier Oil Applications

Here are a few more ways you can use these powerful carrier oils for health and wellness. 

1. Fractionated Coconut Oil

Muscle Pain Relief: Fill your palm halfway with Fractionated Coconut Oil, release one drop of Calm Muscle Essential Oil Blend into it, and then apply it to any sore or painful muscles. 

2. Sweet Almond Oil 

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3. Black Seed Oil 

Hair restoring oil: Try mixing 2 tablespoons of Black Seed Oil with 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil, then add 20 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil. Rub this blend into your hair follicles especially where the most hair is being lost. 

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